Identifying Emerging Risks in Digital Procurement Governance
To be included in A Sanchez-Graells, Digital Technologies and Public Procurement. Gatekeeping and experimentation in digital public governance (OUP, Forthcoming)
25 Pages Posted: 21 Nov 2022
Date Written: October 21, 2022
This Chapter complements the analysis at http://ssrn.com/abstract=4232973, which stressed that the potential benefits resulting from the adoption of digital technologies within the feasibility boundary drawn therein need to be assessed holistically and considering new governance risks and requirements for their mitigation. This Chapter explores the main governance risks and legal obligations arising from the adoption of digital technologies, which revolve around data governance, algorithmic transparency, technological dependency, technical debt, cybersecurity threats, the risks stemming from the long-term erosion of the skills base in the public sector, and difficult trade-offs due to the uncertainty surrounding immature and still changing technologies within an also evolving regulatory framework. The main goal is to offer a critical assessment of both the need to recognise the new risks and to factor their assessment into decisions whether to adopt digital technologies. The Chapter also makes links with the changing nature (and displacement) of governance risks, which can create opacity and difficulties in the identification of technologically enabled corrupt or anticompetitive practices. How to embed the required risk assessments in the process of adoption of digital technologies for procurement governance and consider subjecting it to external checks will be the object of separate analysis.
Keywords: Public procurement, data governance, algorithmic transparency, technological dependency, technical debt, cybersecurity threats, digital skills, governance risks, impact assessment.
JEL Classification: D73, H57, K23, K24, K49, O33
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